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Audio Book Retailers

There are many choices to consider when purchasing the latest audio books. This guide was developed to help you decide which retailer is best for you. In addition to the retailer guide it is strongly recommended to also check out the latest deals page here on audiobooksguide.com. Many retailers offer some amazing promotions and discounts which can help you save big on your upcoming purchase.

Ratings: (1-10) 10 being the highest

Retail Shops

Audible
Amazon
Amazon UK
iTunes
Barns & Noble
Blackstone Audio
Powells
Catolog City
Books-A-Million
Audio Books Online
Audio Editions
Random House
Audio Books on CD/TAPE
Audio Books Central
Talking Book World
Simon Says Audio

Subscription Services

Audible
Audio Book Club

Rental Programs:

Jiggerbug
Simply Audio Books
Books Free
Movies For me (Canada Only)
Ten Spin
Audio To Go

Used or Pre-Owned Audio Books:

Ebay
Half.com


Audible

Link: Audible.com
Format Sold: Audible(Digital) - see format guide for more info
Rating: 10
Deals and Special Offers: Audible offers many deals to entice users, please see our deals section for the latest offers
Description: Most audible titles are priced at about a 30-35% discount over their CD and TAPE counterparts. Though they do support single title sales with no commitment it is highly recommended to choose one of their subscription listener plans for a low monthly price. Please check out our deals section for more information on the latest pricing and incentive offers. This service is highly recommended and has become an industry leader in the audio books market.

Jiggerbug

Link: Jiggerbug.com
Format Sold: CD
Rating: 9
Deals and Special Offers: Free trial membership to UNLIMITED audio book rental program Click Here
Description: Jiggerbug, which has fast become one of the top audio book rental services online offers many of the best options around. They offer several unlimited rental plans at various pricing levels, that make this a very affordable solution. Their stock is also pretty impressive and they are known for taking special requests and catolog updates in a timely manner. This is definately the place to consider when looking into audio book rentals online.

Barnes and Noble

Link: BarnesandNoble.com
Format Sold: CD, TAPE
Rating: 8
Deals and Special Offers: Free Shipping on orders of 25$ or more
Description: One of the biggest brick and mortar book stores is also one of the leading online resellers of audio books. Great selection and shoppers can save up to 40% on some titles.

Amazon

Link: Amazon.com
Format Sold: CD, TAPE
Rating: 8
Deals and Special Offers: Free Shipping on orders of 25$ or more
Description: The largest online retailer of books and various electronics also stocks a vast selection of audio book titles. Also an excellent place to purchas audio book hardware. Discounts vary by title.

Amazon UK

Link: Amazon.co.uk
Format Sold: CD, TAPE
Rating: 8
Deals and Special Offers: Free Shipping on orders of 25 GBP or more
Description: The largest online retailer of books and various electronics also stocks a vast selection of audio book titles. Also an exce llent place to purchas audio book hardware. Discounts vary by title.

Books-A-Million

Link: Booksamillion.com
Format Sold: CD, TAPE
Rating: 8
Deals and Special Offers: Free Shipping on orders of 25$ or more
Description: Shoppers can save up to 46% off retail prices for CD and Tape Audio Books. Excelent selection and easy to use.

Blackstone Audio

Link: Blackstoneaudio.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE MP3
Rating: 9
Deals and Special Offers: See deals section for offers.
Description: One of the nicest and classiest audio book retailers online. Huge selection of new releases and New York Times best sellers.The bonus with Blackstone is that they also sell MP3 versions as well as hard copy CD and TAPE versions. Definately a place to consider when looking for a particular book.

Audio Books Online

Link: Audiobooksonline.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 6
Deals and Special Offers: additional 5% off 100$ purchase or more
Description: Well established retailer which has been in business since 1994. They advertise 20-25% savings under retail on most of their audio books.

Books on CD/Tape

Link: BooksOnCD.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 5
Deals and Special Offers: none advertised
Description: Their rental service is no longer offered as of Aug 31st. All former rental titles can be purchased for CHEAP up until November 30th. After December 1st, Books on CD/TAPE will no longer offer retail sales.

Audio Editions

Link: AudioEditions.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals and Special Offers: non advertised
Description: Another decent CD and TAPE audio book dealer online. Prices are competitive with some retailers and selection is pretty decent.

Powells

Link: Powells.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 9
Deals: Free Shipping on orders of 50$ or more
Description: Powells has been known as one of the largest book stores on the west coast. Their selection is amazing and their prices are very competitive. I often make it a point to head into their store when i'm traveling in Oregon. This is definately a place to check when considering a purchase.

Random House

Link: RandomHouse.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals: none listed
Description: One of the largest book publishers in existance now has their own audio books outlet online. You can purchase many of the titles off their large catlog here. They have a really nice option to listen to samples of the books before buying which I find to be very useful.If its a random house book you're looking for this is a good place to start.

Audio Book Club

Link: AudioBookClub.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals: 4 books for .99$ if you join their subscription service
Description: The 4 books for .99$ sounds like a great offer. Once enrolled you are you are only required to purchase 2 more audio books at to fullfill your commitment. You will also recieve an audio book in the mail every month which you can choose to purchase or return. If you can find 2 titles you wouldn't mind paying for on this site then this is the right offer for you.

Half.com

Link: Half.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals: please see our deals section for more deals
Description: Many people overlook half.com when looking for audio books but this is a great place to look for used or new titles. Half.com specializes in pre-owned and person-to-person sales of many types of items. You can often find the audio book you are looking for on this site for a fraction of the original price. Remember to check the seller's feedback and item description as these are pre-owned items in some cases.

Simply Audio Books

Link: SimplyAudioBooks.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 9
Deals: 15 day free trial. Please see our deals page for more info
Description: When it comes to audio book rentals, this is the place to shop. Simply Audio Books has a great selection and offers the lowest price as far as monthly membership costs go. You are allowed to rent as many audio books as you want in a billing cycle though you are limited to the number of items you can have out at any one time. You can choose to sign up for a more expensive plan to increase the number of discs you can rent at any one time. This is definately the way to get your audio books if you are a very heavy listener. Services such as these are growing in popularity, as you can easily queue up titles on the web and have them delivered to your door promptly. When you're done you simply drop the title in the mail with free shipping for returns. Another bonus is that there is no commitment, you are free to cancel at any time.

Books Free

Link: BooksFree.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 8
Deals: 24.95 for 2 books. Unlimited Rentals. See our deals page for current offers.
Description: Another great audio book rental company. Huge selection of audio books for sale and a very complete catolog available for rental. Unlimited rentals. No late fees. Free shipping both ways.

Ebay

Link: Ebay.com
Format Sold: CD, TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals: none reported
Description: Ebay has grown into the largest person-to-person auction site in the world. There is a huge selection of CD and TAPE audiobooks on ebay and many can be found at a discount. In some cases these audio books are used so you should review the descriptions closely when considering a purchase. If you do not already have an eBay account. Sign up using the link above for free.

Movies For Me (Canada Only)

Link: MoviesForMe.ca
Format Sold: CD
Rating: 9
Deals: 15 day free trial. Please see our deals page for more info
Description: This service is a must for canadian audio book fans. Great service and an excellent sellection of titles. Competitive pricing and service. Movies For Me is definately worth a look.

Catolog city

Link: CatologCity.com
Format Sold:CD TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals: Please see our deals page for current offers
Description: Large selection of audio books at closeout prices. If they have the book you're looking for in stock this is a great place to start. Lots of bargains.

iTUNES

Link: iTunes.com
Format Sold: ITUNES
Rating: 9
Deals: Please see our deals page for current offers
Description: The world's biggest Digital Audio retailer now sells audio books. For many this is a huge step forward as it combines their easy to use interface and hardware support with an affordable online shop. Their selection is great, as they have nearly all of the latest titles available with audio samples so you can hear exactly what you're getting. Of course their audio books are fully compatible with the Apple IPOD. Definately check out iTunes when searching for audio books.

Ten Spin

Link: TenSpin.com
Format Sold: CD TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals: 15 day free trial
Description: Very similar to that of Simply Audio Books but the lowest plan is a little bit more expensive. The selection is comparable. Though the website is not as intuitive as Simply's. No late fees or over due charges.

Audio To Go

Link: Audio-To-Go.com
Format: CD TAPE
Rating: 6
Deals: none published
Description: Very pricey compared to the other services out there. 29.95 is the lowest priced plan which is for CD books only. The selection is comparable to the others. I am not as familiar with this service due to the costs.

Audio Books Central

Link: AudioBooksCentral.com
Format: TAPE
Rating: 6
Deals: none published
Description: Audio Books Central offers a huge selection of over 6000 titles, though only available on TAPE. They are definately a place to consider if books on tape are what you're after.

Simon Says Audio

Link: SimonSaysAudio.com
Format: CD TAPE
Rating: 7
Deals: none published
Description: Simon Says Audio with its considerable selection is searchable by title, author and genre. Also includes new releases, bestsellers, reading guides and an audio feature.

Talking Book World

Link: TalkingBookWorld.com
Format: CD TAPE
Rating: 8
Deals: none published
Description: One of the largest selections we've ever seen, boasting over 75,000 titles across 22 different genres. Provides a searchable database and a chance to write your own reviews.



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